“’da Kink in My Hair”: UC Santa Cruz’s longstanding African American Theatre Arts Troupe (AATAT) is presenting two weekends of performances of Trey Anthony’s award-winning play “‘da Kink in My Hair.” The play centers on a Black hairstylist and her salon in Toronto, as well as the women who tell their stories while having their hair done. The play, directed by AATAT founder and artistic director Don Williams, will be presented at the Mainstage Theater at UCSC on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 and Sundays at 3 p.m. through Feb. 27. In the middle of the run, on Thursday, Feb. 24, playwright Anthony will be on hand to lead a workshop with UCSC students, and on Saturday, Feb. 26, she’ll be present at a post-show Q&A. All at the Mainstage on campus.
The African American Theatre Arts Troupe at UC Santa Cruz doesn’t need Black History Month to get attention. This long-running program, the only one of its kind in the UC system, deserves respect the other 11 months of the year, too. But if you’re looking to honor the season and the legacy of Black theater, the next two weekends are offering the opportunity. The AATAT’s latest production, “‘da Kink in My Hair,” comes to campus, along with the play’s writer, Trey Anthony. It’s worth checking out on those nights when you’re not already grooving to jazz artist Makaya McCraven, stand-up comic Kristal Adams, or swank rapper Bryce Vine. So many attractions, so little time.
Set in a West Indian hair salon in Toronto, “’da Kink in My Hair” introduces us to a group of women who tell us their unforgettable, moving, and often hilarious stories. Mixing laughter and tears—and told in words, music, and dance—the stories explore the hardship, struggles, and joys of their lives.
A live, in-person performance presented by the African American Theater Arts Troupe (AATAT) at UC Santa Cruz. Directed by Don Williams.
ADMISSION 2 weekends: Fri, Feb 18, 2022, 7:30 p.m Sat, Feb 19, 2022, 7:30 p.m Sun, Feb 20, 2022, 3:00 p.m. Fri, Feb 25, 2022, 7:30 p.m. Sat, Feb 26, 2022, 7:30 p.m. (talk-back with the playwright) Sun, Feb 27, 2022, 3:00 p.m. Purchase tickets online at UCSCtickets.com. General admission: $8/$10/$18; tickets for all UCSC students are FREE All attendees must wear an approved face covering, while inside the venue, for the duration of the event.
Doors are scheduled to open to patrons 30 minutes prior to event start time. Be prepared to show your e-ticket or mobile ticket, along with COVID-19 documents below. There will be no sales window or will-call tickets at this event. COVID-19 PROTOCOLS UCSC students must present: Green clearance badge UCSC employees must present: UCSC Symptom Check clearance Visitors must present: 1. UCSC Symptom Check clearance 2. Proof of vaccine -OR- PCR test • Symptom Check questionnaire must be completed on the day of the event: https://slugstrong.ucsc.edu/returning-to-campus/checking-for-symptoms/ • Vaccine card, image, or digital record accepted. • International attendees may show their translated vaccine record. • Negative result from a PCR test taken within 72 hours of the start of the event. • Home tests/antigen tests are not accepted. More info: https://www.cadrc.org/aatat.html